In-School Programming for Metro Denver Schools
The repertoire and approach to learning that Inside the Orchestra maintains are designed to support and enhance the school curricula. All of our programming is interactive and carefully designed for the age and stage of your students.
Single Educator Sessions
A single musician or music educator will come into your classroom for hands-on sessions. Adaptable to your specific classroom needs, sessions include topics such as:
- Art parties: Students will be guided to create their own art inspired by short performances from a musician.
- Instrument Petting Zoo: Get hands-on and explore a variety of instruments from around the orchestra. This program can also include add on lessons, including instruction about the families of the orchestra or how instruments make their sounds and the science of sound.
Trio Performances – For Younger Learners
These are 20-25 minute performances, great for kids in 1st grade and younger are designed to get kids moving, listening, dancing, and pretending along with a trio of musicians. Led by a musician who introduces each piece of music, these programs are a great way for kids to experience live music safely and in new and fun ways.
Schools often schedule these performances during classrooms’ regularly scheduled recess times – they offer a great musical break combined with a lot of movement-based activities.
Quintet Performances – For Kindergarten Through 6th Grade
Students will interact with musicians as they are guided to move and react to the music, answer questions and prompts about what they’re hearing, and think creatively and critically about the composers and the music. There are three program themes available:
- Introduction to the Orchestra – Students will learn about the families of the orchestra, basic music terminology like tempo and dynamics, and even get the chance to become the percussion section at the end of the program.
- Science of Sound – What is sound and how is it made by the instruments in the orchestra? Explore this question and more as students are led through musical experiments and enjoy fun and exciting performances.
- Musical Storytelling – By the end of the performance, students will have been introduced to multiple well-known musical characters, learn about how music can tell a story, and will be able to identify what tools a composer can use to create music that portrays specific feelings and emotions.
Immersive Orchestra Assemblies – For Kindergarten through 8th Grade
A 14-16 piece professional orchestra experience for K-8th grade. The audience is seated on the floor and surrounded by professional musicians. The conductor faces the students and engages them throughout the performance, asking questions and teaching them about the music as it is playing around them. Students are treated to up-close-and-personal demos by the strings, woodwinds, horns, and percussion. Scripting is designed to not only introduce musical concepts but to tie to the curriculum that children are studying in other subjects.
We have a variety of free resources for schools including online musical games and our free virtual resource hub with a year-long curriculum and adaptable online and hands-on activities for your classroom.